Performance Management

Each year, every Executive Branch agency in Colorado creates a SMART Act performance plan which identifies  meaningful performance objectives, and strategies to achieve them. Progress on these plans is reported quarterly to the state legislature. Executive Directors also report on these to the legislature every January during SMART Act hearings. Detailed information as well as updated progress reports on these performance plans and annual goals can be found by following the link below.

View Department Performance Plans


The SMART Act, or the State Measurement for Accountable, Responsive and Transparent Government Act, requires the Executive Branch, the Judicial Branch, and other state government entities to publicly share annual performance goals. These are shared at the beginning of each State fiscal year.The SMART Act requires the Executive Branch to implement the following:

  • Establish and manage a statewide performance management system;
  • Incorporate continuous process improvement to increase government efficiency; and 
  • Ensure state employees receive training on operational excellence

Read the SMART Act here

Performance Plan Guidance

Every year, the Governor's Office of Operations issues guidance to agencies on the development and tracking of their SMART Act performance plans. These include setting measurable goals, incorporating best-in-class process improvement methodologies, and identifying key strategies to accomplish their annual goals. 

For fiscal year 2021, the reporting schedule for department performance plans is as follows: 

  • October 12, 2020 - FY21 Q1 Performance Eval reporting on strategies and measures for the FY20 plan covering July-Sept data to be posted on October 15th

  • October 28, 2020 - FY20 Annual Performance Eval reporting on final data updates and outcomes for the FY20 plans to be posted on November 2nd

  • January 26, 2021 - FY21 Q2 Performance Eval reporting on strategies and measures for the FY21 plan covering October-December data to be posted on January 29th

Read the Planning Guidelines Here

Reporting Timeline

FY 21 Timeline